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Re(3): What is an &lit?

I seem to remember one “How to Solve” book describing a “partial &lit.” In this the clue is normal, with a definition and separate wordplay, but the whole clue could be also read as a definition of the required answer. It had the advantage that the smaller definition could be a bit vague – the necessary clarity was obtained by reading the whole clue. I think the shortage of space available for explanatory notes has caused the two types to acquire the same label.


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